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The Best Dinosaur Documentary Series

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The best documentaries about dinosaurs are the perfect balance of fun and educational. The best dinosaur documentary series ever shown on television offers important scientific evidence and plenty of reenactments of dino life. If you’ve been looking for the best dinosaur documentaries to add some excitement to your TV nights, this list of the best dino documentary series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

From adorable (and dated) puppets and computer animation to the latest high tech renderings, the thing most dinosaur documentary series can offer is a chance to see dinosaurs in action. As the concept of what dinosaurs looked like keeps changing, the way dinosaurs in documentaries are portrayed changes too, which makes the shows from the '90s extra endearing. What makes dinosaur documentaries so unique is that all the reenactments are scientifically based and explained thoroughly by various talking heads. From the fossils of the 1989 Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives to the latest season of Clash of the Dinosaurs, you don't need a time machine to see dinos, you just need documentary series.

Which shows do the best job sharing details on dinosaurs? Vote up the best dinosaur documentary shows and add any documentary series about dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts that are missing.

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  • October 4, 1999
    132
    12

    ActorsKenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

    Dazzling computer animation highlights this six-hour "speculative documentary" following the lives of dinosaurs from their beginning to their zenith -- and their eventual decline during the  ...more
  • 2

    The Ballad of Big Al

    2001
    66
    8
    The Ballad of Big Al is a combination biography-sequel for Walking with Dinosaurs . It focuses on an Allosaurus named Big Al and his constant struggle to survive in a world filled with danger.  ...more
  • 3

    Sea Monsters

    2003
    50
    6

    ActorsNigel Marven

    Sea Monsters is a 2003 BBC television trilogy which used computer-generated imagery to show past life in Earth's seas. In the U.S. it was known as Chased by Sea Monsters. It was made by Impossible  ...more
  • ActorsNigel Marven

    Chased by Dinosaurs is a BBC program featuring Nigel Marven as a time-traveller who encounters dinosaurs in the wild. The two-part series, a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs, was broadcast over  ...more
  • 5

    Dinosaur Planet

    December 14, 2003
    38
    5

    ActorsChristian Slater

    Dinosaur Planet, not to be confused with Planet Dinosaur, is a four-part American nature documentary first aired on Discovery Channel in 2003. It was hosted by Scott Sampson and narrated by Christian  ...more
  • November 15, 2001
    57
    10

    ActorsKenneth Branagh, Stockard Channing

    State-of-the-art computer animation re-creates the rise of mammals, including wolflike scavengers, miniature horses, and sabertoothed cats.  ...more
  • 7

    Walking with Monsters

    2005
    57
    13

    ActorsKenneth Branagh

    Walking with Monsters is a three-part British documentary film series about life in the Paleozoic, bringing to life extinct arthropods, fish, amphibians, synapsids, and reptiles. As with previous  ...more
  • ActorsNigel Marven, Rod Arthur, Suzanne McNabb

    Prehistoric Park is a six-episode Docu-fiction television mini-series that premiered on ITV on 22 July 2006 and on Animal Planet on 29 October 2006. The program was produced by Impossible Pictures,  ...more
  • 9

    Planet Dinosaur

    September 14, 2011
    61
    16

    ActorsJohn Hurt

    A decade after `Walking With Dinosaurs' used computer animation to depict dinosaurs in the prehistoric world, BBC goes back to the world of dinosaurs for this follow-up programme, `Planet Dinosaur'.
  • 10

    Dinosaur Revolution

    2011
    47
    12

    ActorsRick Robles

    Dinosaur Revolution is a four-part American nature documentary produced by Creative Differences. It utilizes computer-generated imagery to portray dinosaurs and other animals from the Mesozoic era.  ...more
  • 11

    Prehistoric Planet

    2001
    27
    12

    ActorsBen Stiller

    Prehistoric Planet is a re-version of the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs and Walking with Beasts series, done by Discovery Channel and NBC for the Discovery Kids network. Though the producers kept  ...more
  • 12

    Paleoworld

    1994
    12
    7
    Paleoworld is an American documentary television series that aired on The Learning Channel from 1994 to 1997. The series focuses on paleontology and comprised a total of 50 half-hour episodes. It was  ...more
  • 13

    Prehistoric Predators

    August 19, 2007
    15
    10
    Examinig the life and extinction of creatures of the Ice Age.
  • 14

    The Dinosaurs!

    1992
    14
    14
    The Dinosaurs!, American television miniseries produced by PBS in 1992, featuring some of the then-modern theories about dinosaurs and how they lived.  ...more
  • July 29, 2008
    20
    25

    ActorsErik Thompson

    Scientists dissect battles involving gigantic predators of the prehistoric world.  ...more
  • 16

    Clash of the Dinosaurs

    December 6, 2009
    17
    23
    The evolution of the dinosaurs.
  • 17

    Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

    1989
    5
    10

    ActorsDavid Attenborough

    Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives is a four-part BBC documentary series concerning the discovery of fossils. It is written and presented by David Attenborough, produced by Mike Salisbury, and was  ...more
  • ActorsPeter Ward, Michael Carroll, Craig Chesner

    Animal Armageddon is an American paleontology-based documentary television miniseries that originally aired from February 12, 2009 to September 24, 2009 on Animal Planet. All the prehistoric scenes  ...more